Accurate identification and interpretation of animal behaviour via track and sign is an outdoor skill that has been all but lost by the average person, even to the most experienced outdoors-folks. Learning even the basics of tracking will yield a more enriching awareness in nature as well as a practical tool when your life may depend on it. Animal tracking may aid you in finding a food source or avoid becoming one for a predator.
It should be acknowledged that this is not the first tracking bandana ever made, but hands (paws, hooves, or otherwise) down, it’s the most legitimate! It contains the most accurate tracks available, shown to scale, and includes default gaits for each animal.
We partnered with tracking experts to help guide us and choose the list of animals based on certain criteria that would allow you to have the most success with this bandana. We requested animals:
Found across the majority of North America
Most abundantly found in the wild
That may indicate water nearby
That are easy food sources
Most useful for side-by-side comparison
Animal Tracks Illustrated on the Bandana:
Eastern Gray Squirrel
We also included false eyespots. These are a form of mimicry adapted by various insects, birds, fish, and reptiles, as well as by some human cultures, such as those living near tigers in the Ganges Delta in India. They wear a mask on the back of their head based on the theory that certain predators prefer to attack from behind (unseen). The bandana can be folded so the “eyes” face outward and can be worn on the back of the head to serve the same purpose, or worn on the front while napping.
Who are these so called animal tracking "Experts" we consulted with?
Beau Harger is our local tracker. He took us out in the field, got our feet wet (and almost got Dustin stuck knee-deep in mud) and gave us the hands-on crash course in tracking. He’s been an integral part in the design of this product and made himself available at all hours of the night to answer questions and continue pushing this design in the right direction.
Jonah Evans (www.naturetracking.com/) is also a fellow Texan with about 2 decades of tracking experience (and who knows how many certifications) but still maintains the humble life-long student attitude, realizing there is always more to learn. He even has an app called iTrack Wildife that is a great learning tool to combine with this bandana.
Mark Elbroch (www.markelbroch.com) helped bring the CyberTracker program to the U.S. and literally wrote the books on tracking. Not just any books, but the books with the most accurate and detailed prints available. He partnered with us to provide the artwork for the bandana and we truly couldn’t have done it without him!